Once a generation an environmentalist dares to speak truth to power with such force that they cannot be silenced. Wallace-Wells’ terrifying vision is the wake-up call we need to save the future.
Climate change is worse, much worse, than you think. The slowness of climate change is a fairy tale, perhaps as pernicious as the one that says it isn’t happening at all, and if your anxiety about it is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today.
In July 2017 David Wallace-Wells published a cover story in New York Magazine surveying the landscape of worst-case scenarios for global warming. The article became an immediate sensation, reaching millions of readers on its first day and sparking an unprecedented public debate, ongoing still today among scientists and journalists, about just how we should be thinking, and talking, about the planetary threat from climate change.
Now he joins us at How to: Academy to present a sober, scientific but utterly terrifying vision of the unfolding 21st century. Wallace-Wells brings into stark relief the climate troubles that await—food shortages, refugee emergencies, and other crises that will reshape the globe. But the world will be remade by warming in more profound ways as well. What will it be like to live on a pummelled planet? What will it do to our politics, our economy, our culture and sense of history? And what explains the fact we have done so little to stop it? These are not abstract questions but immediate and pressing human dramas, dilemmas and nightmares.
Like An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring before it, The Uninhabitable Earth is both a meditation on the devastation we have brought upon ourselves and an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation.
Don’t miss this a cinematic, propulsive and frightening climate tour of our near future – coming much faster than you think.
Praise for David Wallace-Wells:
“The Uninhabitable Earth is the most terrifying book I have ever read.” The New York Times
“This is a profound book, which simultaneously makes me terrified and hopeful about the future, ashamed and proud of being a human.” —Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything is Illuminated
“David Wallace-Wells argues that the impacts of climate change will be much graver than most people realize, and he’s right. The Uninhabitable Earth is a timely and provocative work.” —Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction
“One of the very few books about our climate change emergency that doesn’t sugarcoat the horror.” —William T. Vollmann, author of No Immediate Danger
“David Wallace-Wells has produced a wilfully terrifying polemic that reads like a cross between Stephen King and Stephen Hawking. The Uninhabitable Earth hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending Armageddon.” — Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon